The Derwent Valley is so named because of its extensive coverage by native oak woodlands: Derwent means ‘valley thick with oaks’. Get out on foot, bike or hoof to explore many of these wonderful woodlands, whether to catch sight of our local wildlife or let the kids run wild, there’s something to suit everyone in the Land of Oak & Iron.
Allensford Woods – small oak woodland around Allensford Country Park with footpath network
Derwent Gorge and Muggleswick Woods – fantastic ancient oak woodlands in beautiful gorge setting
Milkwellburn Wood – peaceful oak woodland nature reserve with surfaced paths
Pontburn Woods – peaceful woodland with good footpath network
The Plantation – small woodland between Burnopfield and The Hobson Industrial Estate, good footpath network
Thornley Wood – part of Derwenthaugh Park, good footpath network and visitor centre with cafe